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Monday, March 16- Letter from the Pastor

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Dear Church Family,                             DAY 2                                   March 16, 2020
I trust this email finds you full of faith & hope.  It is faith in Christ and the hope of a future given in Him that compels us to live a cross-love toward others during this time.  I must confess, I’m on coronavirus overload.  I am not a math guy.  And yet I have read the numbers about COVID-19 from at least 10 perspectives.  You can decide to turn the TV off, put on your sneakers, & hike to the neighbor in hope of clearing the mind.  When you return and turn the tube back on, new things have transpired that will affect even our small Ephrata.
So about 8:30 last evening I decided to take a break.  With my brain on overload I started surfing Netflix hoping for help in zoning out!  Not to my surprise the first movie in the most popular listing was, Outbreak.  I found National Treasure and watched it.
I read on the elliptical this morning, “People in the 1st century were not less sinful than people in the 21st, yet God expected to win 1st century people by the sheer BEAUTY of Christ’s love shining on Calvary and radiating through his corporate body.”
“Christ’s love shining on Calvary and radiating through his corporate body.”
What does that look like?  How do we do that in the midst of fear and anxiety?
Maybe there are hints in the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:1-5?
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Let me show you a picture of Calvary love during times of crisis—THINK TRICYCLE!!  CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Calvary love is as simple and small and strategic as a little child riding his tricycle into the war zone to help.  He was doing what he could with what he had in the context of his little life because that is what God wanted him to do.
Parents and grandparents, my prayer is our kids will lead us and push us at this time.  They may not have our wisdom and desire to rush into situation where more caution is needed.  But kids have more HEART.  And their hearts reflect more of Christ’s heart that we all need rubbed off on us.  Our LORD knows we all need to have hearts like children.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
So getting practical . . .
I have had two calls from folks that are available for shopping-runs for those that should not interact in public (at this point I am NOT mentioning any names like Chet & Barb, Dick & Ardith, Albert & Mary, Jess & Patsy, & others).  Oh, I guess I just mentioned names.  Sandy Archer & Matty Moore have volunteered to ride their tricycle to your home with arms full of groceries.  Please call them just so we can video the event.  It would get a million hits on YouTube.  Seriously . . . CALL THEM . . . USE THEM . . .
Sandy Archer  509-760-9747
Matty Moore    509-944-1009
Also, please PRAY between 6:00 & 6:30 for our SESSION MEETING.  Wisdom is needed as we go forward.  I have been in contact with other church leaders today.  The phone is ringing off the hook.  Pray for Rory and his wife as they head to Spokane as their son continues to have medical issues needing serious attention (non-COVID-19 related).
The Peace of Christ on your day . . . AND please report your God-Sightings . . .
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